• I need advice from anyone with any knowledge or experience with Hospice and how to get her into alternative cancer treatment

    Asked by alene1960 on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    I need advice from anyone with any knowledge or experience with Hospice and how to get her into alternative cancer treatment

    My best friend has cervical cancer.diagnosed on November 23 and given 6 months to 1 year to live.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      What is it you want to know? Why are you looking for alternative treatment and what kind? Why are you looking for hospice care? Just because your friend does not currently have an particularly optimistic prognosis doesn't mean she automatically needs or wants hospice care.

      almost 8 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Hello. Hospice is used when your goals are no longer directed at treatment for fixing a condition, but on comfort, pain management, and other end-of-life issues. I have looked into Hospice for my dad. When you accept Hospice care, you stop treatment for the cancer, but it's my understanding that you can stop Hospice at any time if you suddenly decide you want to try other treatments.

      What sort of alternatives do you have in mind? If Hospice is saying she has days left, they are usually pretty good at determining what's happening. I have heard of cases where someone was diagnosed and died a few days later. The six months is based on expectancy from other experiences. My heart goes out to you and your friend, and I hope you find the answers for which you're looking.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      I am, like Nancyjac, wondering exactly what it is you want to know from us? What treatment has her doctor reccommended? Surgery? Chemo? Radiation? Did the docotr suggest and put you in touch with Hospice? Has your friend been reccommended for drug trials? There are so many options before going with Hospice, unless your friend has decided not to fight the battle and chooses Hospice, which is her right. Hospice is a wonderful program and we had them with my dad and could not have gotten through it all without them.

      My husband (Peroll) was diagnosed 8 1/2 years ago and given 6 months. Surgeries change and chemo drugs change all the time, in fact after being told the last time there was nothing more for him he is beginning a brand new FDA approved drug next week (we hope).

      I am so sorry you are going through this, but your friend is so blessed to have you with her. Are you able to go to appointments with her too--it is so helpful if you can.

      My best to you both

      almost 8 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Hospice is not "alternative cancer treatment." As the others have said, hospice is end of life care. The patient is given palliative (pain reducing) therapy but is not actively treated for the cancer.

      "Alternative medicine" usually means some form of quackery. It is treatment outside of the normal medical community and, though it promises great things, it usually results in patients not getting the treatment they need. "Complementary therapy" on the other hand, is non-traditional therapy done in conjunction with standard medical treatment. Complementary therapy sometimes seems odd to those of us with scientific backgrounds but positive results are reported and it doesn't fight against traditional medical treatment.

      And, yes, don't accept the "death sentence" your friend may have been given. I strongly recommend a second opinion. The place to go is to one of the major cancer treatment centers when you really need help. Here is a list of the best cancer centers in the country: http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/cancer Pick one near the top of the list.

      almost 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      My brother-in-law's mother was treated at Hospice By the Sea http://www.hospice1.org/ during the end stages of her battle with esophagus cancer. The care was top notch -

      almost 8 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I'd try to get her into a clinical trial. These can be found at clinicaltrial.gov.
      A neighbor was 17 when diagnosed with Stage IV osteosarcoma ( bone cancer). They gave her no hope, and recommended hospice. She chose to get experimental treatment. She is now 25 and an ICU nurse. She had cadaver bone replace pert of a leg bone. She also got a piece of lung removed (where mets were).
      Point is, while there's still life there is hope. Obviously not everyone beats the odds. But is it worth trying? A resounding YES

      almost 8 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Alene, hospice can only be obtained with a physicians order. You cannot enter into it without it. In order for a doc to write that order he has to state that a patient has 6 months or less. If the patient has more and the doc does not renew the order that is fraud because insurance covers 100%. As for alternative care there is options. I work with gyne cancer patients mostly and I have found alternatives for those who were told there is nothing left to be done. If your friend is still in active treatment then hospice is not an option but palliative care is. Keep in mind that alternative meds are complimentary to traditional treatments if they worked alone they would be considered traditional and not alternative. Good luck, I have sent you my personal email if you need further help, Carm.

      almost 8 years ago

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